Alternative to Lansoprazrole?

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I have just been prescribed Atorvastatin, Ramipril and Clopidogrel following a TIR. I did a drug check and Atorvastatin taken with Lansoprazole can increase the risk of side effects. I have to take Lansoprazole for acid reflux. I was wondering if there was a safer alternative to this drug that would work better with Atorvastatin.

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    He he, its the old story, our doctors just rely on what their book says or what they read on the www.   The acid is probably giving you gout or similar issues and you need Lansoprazole ​to cut the acid in the blood.   I was given these and found an alternative.   You need more alkaline in your diet.   What's the cheapest form of alkaline you can get anywhere - milk.   Drink a pint a day and your acid will drop very quickly and forget the pills.   Mother nature knows best.   My senior hospital consultant actually agreed with me and I go to a major hospital Trust in central London.   Try it for a week and Ibet your acid levels drop significantly.   It stops my gout in its tracks.   Good luck, John
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      That is far too sweeping. Doctors do NOT just rely on "what the book says".  ( I am not a "medic" of any sort)

      And milk is not alkaline, it has a ph of around 6.6 (it varies with the animal it comes from) ie slightly acidic

      Have a look at "Bad Science" by Ben Goldacre

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      Whoops! I only read part of your reply and the full reply doesn't require an answer. I seem to remember my father having sips of milk when his duodenal ulcer was playing up so this might work for me.
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    First of all, you'd have thought your GP would have checked on that before it was prescribed! I am really losing all faith in doctors.

    If it was me I would be finding another way to combat the acid reflux not because of the statin, but because Lansoprazole and similar meds do you no good anyway.

    Why the statin? I won't go against medical advice, but I would investigate this more.

    My OH was presribed statins - they made him feel awful. He stopped taking them, changed his diet (reducing sugar, simple carbs like bread and pasta, eating MORE (good) fats and vegetables.) He feels better and his cholesterol has dropped. No nasty side effects.

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    In my experience most doctors look at the side effects of a single drug, not hen one is taken with two or three other drugs and what the side effects of all taken together.   Milk works for me and acid issues are far below your ph of 6.6, 7 is even.   Whatever your thoughts milk will bring your acid levels nearer the norm and I believe the norm is aroung 6 - 6.5 ph for a human being.   All I am saying is milk is better for you than any drugs but go for organic because you can as there are less drugs put in the cow in their food.
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      Thank you. It might be worth a try. Anything to avoid the pain and discomfort of acid reflux and especially a natural food that won't interfere with my other meds. Tell me do you drink the milk each morning or only when an attack is present?
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    Hello,

    ​I drink milk now most days, perhaps just a glass full or a tea cup full.   If I feel gout coming on I drink around a pint a day and usually within a few days the pain subsides and eventually goes.   You could have cereals like porrage for breakfast e.g. Sainsbury do a good organic porrage and their organic milk would be good but any cereal with plenty of milk for breakfast would be helpful then drink some milk later if you feel a little acidic pain coming on.   It usually takes two or three days if you catch it early enough but keep drnking the milk for a few days after the pain goes.   Also try and cut down on foods that give you acid indegestion or foods that ar acidic in themselves e.g. vinegar, tomatoes, some fruit.   As the doctors say all things in moderation.   Good luck, John

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    I was on daily Omeprazole for years, I went on a low carb high fat diet, I bought the book New Atkins for a New You and read it right through.  One of the things it said was this diet cured GERD (that's what you are on the Proton Pump Inhibitor for) and also lowered blood pressure. (I was also on blood pressure medication, Ramipril and another one, can't remember it's name.  I didn't believe it at all, but started the diet to lose weight.  Within a month my reflux had disappeared so I started to cut out the Omeprazole, it never returned, I finished taking the Omeprazole altogether, then my blood pressure went down to below normal and I came off both BP meds - and all of this was before I had lost a huge amount of weight!  Since then I have become very knowledgable about this diet, participating in many online discussion groups and this is a very common experience.  Long term, Proton Pump Inhibitors are known to be harmful to health, they increase your susceptibility to C Diff and have other undesirable effects.  
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      That's very interesting. We are moving towards a similar diet - less cereal more veg and grass fed meat, no highly processed food. The weight is coming off slowly and my OH is off some of his meds. I tried stopping Ramipril but BP went up again. Neither of us now get acid reflux and do not need any of those awful antacids.
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      I'm not overweight. I have a healthy diet that includes 1/2 pint skimmed organic milk a day. I like milk so it would be no hardship for me to increase this to a whole pint if I need to. I have discovered BOB milk with the yellow top. It is nutritionally similar to skimmed milk but tastes like semi-skimmed. I eat chicken and oily fish twice a week and have small portions of red meat. I have mostly porridge with fruit and yogurt for breakfast. I also have my five portions of fruit and veg each day. I don't think I can improve much on my diet. My problem statred when I took anti inflamatory meds for arthritis over a five year period. They damaged my stomach and caused a hiatus hernia and acid reflux. The ENT Specialist said I would need to stay on a PPI for the rest of my life or I could develop throat cancer.

      More recent problems with my thyroid and a TIR have resulted in a whole new lot of meds that are very confusing. Trying to sort out a med regime that allows the different meds to work effectively is proving difficult. I think a visit to a pharmacist might be a better bet that yet another trip to the doctor.

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